Very useful for planning sessions, but also for support and accountability.
The PyLadies aren’t ALL about coding – we also love to socialize and have fun!
Hosted: a potluck/party at a member’s house Meet: at a bar or restaurant
You can host workshops either as full-day events every 1-3 months or so, or as evening events that occur weekly.
LA PyLadies has hosted hackathons where attendees bring laptops and projects of their own to work on. Beginners are pointed to learnpythonthehardway.org and instructed to work through the tutorial, asking for help as needed. They are urged to post exercises to Github, as a way to dip their toes in the world of open source sofware.
Hackathons can be evening, full-day, or all-weekend events.
PyLadiesAU held their first group meeting as a virtual meetup. See Australian PyLadies for details.
The IRC #pyladies channel is always available for anyone to use for virtual meetups. Feel free to use it without asking, or create a #pyladies-whatever channel if you prefer.
A PyLadies event can be as simple as women getting together and talking about each others’ Python projects in a small group after a local PUG event.
Anything to encourage women to attend and continue attending PUGs is great. Talk to your local PUG organizers and ask for their help and support in having a post-PUG informal PyLadies meetup.
You might also consider trying to give a Beginner Talk at a meetup. This can help bring more beginners who might otherwise be scared away to the group.
Reviewing someone’s coding project together can help everyone learn better coding practices.
Python conferences that might interest your group: PyCon, DjangoCon, PloneConf, SciPy (Python for Scientific Computing)
What you can do to prepare together:
Conferences can be stressful, but they’re also a lot of fun, particularly if you’re attending with a friend or a small group. There’s also a good chance you will run into PyLadies from other groups!
So you’re ready to host an event?